Pros: An intelligent layout provides no more space than required while providing space enough to comfortably build the machine, mostly thanks to the removable drive tray. Though not immediately apparent, the drive tray does accommodate the narrow downward SSD mounting screws by way of four large perfectly spaced circular cut outs.
Cons: My shuttle shipped with a dead CMOS battery. The BIOS would be restored to defaults each time it was unplugged. A $6 replacement was needed.
Summary: This is my 3rd Shuttle XPC I've purchased since 2006. First being a white AMD Athlon XP based unit that did have a somewhat poor set of choices for internals. Via chipset that had poor performance (did not support 400MHz DDR or dual channel, SATA ports that only ran at 1.5Gbps and 3Gbps drives would not even work).
Pros: Constantly improving build standards over previous generations of Shuttle XPC barebones chassis.
Cons: If this can be considered a con, it's a bit larger than my previous Shuttle, which was also a tiny bit larger than the one prior, so now it barely fits on my admittedly small desk.
Summary: I'd happily give this 5 eggs if it weren't for the keyboard input issues. While I can't be 100% sure it's the mobo, I've swapped out everything else and the problem persists. It's intermittent enough that the machine is still usable, but still happens several times an hour.
Pros: Well made little box - nice and tidy inside - comes with a liquid cooler for the CPU, so I have yet another Intel-supplied CPU fan to decorate my office with. Plenty of USB ports front and back.
Cons: There is something fishy going on with the keyboard input. I've set this up as a dual-boot Linux/Win 8.1 box, and no matter which O/S is running, keyboard input frequently "buffers up", so to speak. It's almost like typing on an old mechanical TTY terminal (yes, I've done that) except it will sometimes sit there for 30 seconds after you've pressed the keys before anything shows up on the screen. I swapped my wireless keyboard for a hardwired mechanical one - same prob...
Pros: Nicely put together. With 4 GB of 1.35V memory and a Core i3, idles at 19-20 W with all the components (hard drive, etc.). Hits 50W when running memtest (which uses only 1 core).
Cons: Don't upgrade the firmware. It came with 1.02, and I installed 2.00. However, 2.00 is missing the "hit the <DEL> key" to enter bios... so you can't change any settings, like boot priority. Ridiculous! I had to go back to 1.02.
Pros: I was excited to get this little machine and so far it doesn't disappoint. It was easy to assemble and started right up. The BIOS is old school but how often you do boot into the BIOS? I very rarely do and navigating the menus with a keyboard was no problem for me on initial setup. I installed my dual channel ram in the yellow sockets and had no issues what so ever. I am using two 4GB Ripjaw X Series sticks. I loaded Windows 7 from a USB thumb drive plugged into the f...
Cons: My only complaint is the fan is louder than any fan that was in my old Dell which this replaced and the primary HTPC in the home. Its not so terrible that I hate it and can easily be replaced.
Summary: If you follow the instructions in the manual or Quick start guide, and are installing only two sticks of RAM, your Shuttle will NOT boot, so ignore the instructions and install your two sticks of RAM in the RED slots (not yellow, as instructed).
Summary: Would have given this 5 stars if I wouldn't have had so many problems with the display driver. This was my first build so I didn't listen to my gut and wound up trouble shooting every piece of hardware trying to find the problem.
Pros: Very easy build. This machine went together really quickly and with few headaches. Great size and enough room to upgrade with a full size graphics card. Others have mentioned the fan, but I haven't really noticed it being that loud. I was nervous about the shuttle's heat sink design but it works really well, I was troubleshooting (see below) and ran Prime 95 torture test on the CPU for around 15 hours. The CPU temp never got over 49C (no overclock). Loving this machine!
Cons: Very little documentation. If you know how to build a computer already shouldn't be a problem but the quick guide was not overly descriptive. Had some trouble with the DVD drive bay lining up, as said before use slot three to get it to work properly. Also display driver is out of date even though windows will say its good. Went to Intel's site and used their driver update utility to get correct driver now having no hiccups.
Summary: One thing I didn't notice is the "packaging" section on the specification tab for this listing. So, I ended up buying SATA cables and heat sink compound that I didn't need. You might check that out before completing your order. By the way, it appears that they say the device comes with one SATA cable. Mine came with two.
Pros: Overall, I am very pleased with the system. I have built several desktops over the years -- maybe 15 or so -- but this is my first Shuttle experience. My needs for this box are to support software development. In particular, to help support the development of cloud-based web apps. So, I needed compute power and memory space. No special peripherals or graphics muscle. I chose this box over the smaller Shuttle boxes because of its four memory slots. I'm running VMware W...
Cons: I know it's common with Shuttle products, but I'm not a fan of the hidden DVD drive thing. To me it seems like mechanical foofaraw that not only doesn't improve the aesthetics but also represents a potential reliability issue. But, it works and people must love it as Shuttle continues to do it. Just remember to use "hole set #3" when you are installing your optical drive so that the external Shuttle eject button will actuate the eject button on the DVD's front bezel. ...
Summary: All in all, I am quite pleased with the Shuttle. The 300 watt power supply is more than enough for my needs, but for a gaming box with ultra high-end GPU, I'd recommend waiting for the SZ87R6, which includes a 500 watt supply, dual gigabyte ethernet, overclocking of CPU.
Pros: Sporting the familiar Shuttle form factor, the build was easy. I fleshed it out with an i7 4770, eVGA GTX650, Samsung 840 256 GB SSD, Pioneer BDR2208 blu-ray drive, Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB X 2 and Win 8.1 Pro. So, it has been a fast, reliable, cool and quiet box, light enough to move around easily.
Cons: I had to push back the USB header cables quite a bit in order to get the video card in. a double wide graphics card will cover up the mini PCIe slot. I made the mistake of ordering via local same day express shipping. I finally got it 2 days later at 9:15 P.M. at night! To their credit, NewEgg refunded the $19.99 shipping charge.